This Kidnapping Story Is Stranger Than Fiction

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This article was last updated on May 21, 2022

Imagine having your newborn baby stolen from the hospital and having her return as an adult 23 years later! The kidnapper in this shocking news event was just sentenced to a mere 12 years in prison and the story is being made into a LifetimeTV movie. Long story short: Ann Pettway disguised herself as a nurse and stoleCarline White from the hospital, devastating her mother Joy White and father. The parents sued the hospital and got a settlement of $750,000 – fighting over the money contributed to their breaking up. Baby Carlina grew up haphazardly with her mentally deranged and drug addled abductor. When she realized she had no birth certificate, she became suspicious, researched online and learned that her real parents lived 45 minutes away. She was already damaged goods when she reunited with her mother Joy (played by Sherri Shepherd in the movie.) Imagine the psychological implications! Carlina was her mother’s flesh and blood but they had little in common- Carlina’s upbringing lacked education, family values, ethics. etc. And her lawyer pushed her to ask her mother about the settlement money! They are now estranged. Carlina’s mother said “My daughter found me, but I still haven’t found my daughter.” It’s a chilling story.

(Above, the real Carlina reunites briefly with biological parents)

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